Kevin Kline

Kevin Delaney Kline ( born October 24, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri ) is an American actor and Academy Award winner.


The son of a Catholic mother and a Jewish father visited a Christian convent school. At Indiana University, he joined the theater group and had his first small role in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

The early 1970s, Kline went to New York. He attended the Juilliard Acting Academy and went with the Acting Company on stage tour.

One of his greatest theatrical successes include Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, The Threepenny Opera and On The Twentieth Century by Hal Prince, for which he received a Tony and a Drama Desk Award. Also for The Pirates Of Penzance, he was awarded with these prices.

In the 1980s, Kline played among others at New York's Public Theatre, the title roles in the Shakespeare plays Hamlet, Richard III. and Henry V. For this he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize in the category Classical Theatre and two Obie Awards.

For his feature film debut in Sophie's Choice in 1982, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Young Actor.

1988 Kline alongside John Cleese, Michael Palin and Jamie Lee Curtis starred in the British cult comedy A Fish Called Wanda. For the representation of the pseudo-intellectual American artist Otto he won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. With this film, he consolidated his image as a comedian.

His greatest passion, however, is still the theater, which meant that he rejected several prestigious role offers. He was, among other things, the desire for the role of Matt Hooper in Jaws, which eventually played Richard Dreyfuss, and the title role in Batman, which was acquired by Michael Keaton.

Since 1989, Kevin Kline is married to actress Phoebe Cates, with whom he has two children.

On 5 December 2004, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2009 brought him the presentation of Cyrano de Bergerac in the U.S. Great Performances program one of his first Emmy nomination.

His German dubbing voice is standard in most films Arne Elsholtz.

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